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Rethinking the Small House Policy - Lisa Hopkinson, Mandy Lao Man Lei
Hong Kong book

Title: Rethinking the Small House Policy

Author: Lisa Hopkinson, Mandy Lao Man Lei

Publisher: Civic Exchange

Isbn:

Year: 2003

Language: English

Rate: 6/7

Type: Society

Summary: The Small House Policy (SHP) is a relic of a bygone era, when Hong Kong's rural areas were highly inaccessible and still largely populated by farming communities. Thirty years on, Hong Kong's New Territories (NT) have been completely altered by population growth, industrialisation, and new town development, and the communities the SHP was designed to preserve are in many cases unrecognizable. Yet there has not yet been a review of the fundamental objectives of the SHP, or an evaluation of its success. This research grew out of an interest in the linkages between land use, conservation and planning and the way in which the SHP seemed to conflict with government policies in these areas.


Conservation of Sha Lo Tung - A way forward - Lisa Hopkinson
Hong Kong book

Title: Conservation of Sha Lo Tung - A way forward

Author: Lisa Hopkinson

Publisher: Civic Exchange

Isbn:

Year: 2002

Language: English

Rate: 6/7

Type: Society

Summary: Sha Lo Tung is widely acknowledged to be an area of outstanding natural beauty and important ecological and cultural value. An upland valley in North New Territories, it contains 3 abandoned villages (Cheung Uk, Lo Wai and Lei Uk), abandoned agricultural land and several streams that come together in the valley and flow out and down to a reservoir. The area is rich in biodiversity especially plants and dragonflies. The old Hakka village houses are traditional vernacular buildings with unique architectural features and high group value. The area is popular with hikers. To address the current conservation stalemate, Civic Exchange convened a roundtable of government and non government experts 6 to discuss possible mechanisms that could be adopted to protect Sha Lo Tung in perpetuity.


Preserving villages - Kevin Sinclair,Anneliese O'Young Ruo-hwa
Hong Kong book

Title: Preserving villages

Author: Kevin Sinclair,Anneliese O'Young Ruo-hwa

Publisher: South China Morning Post

Isbn:

Year: 2005-2006

Language: English

Rate: 7/7

Type: Society

Summary: Preserving Villages series is a project to highlight communities among the 600 surviving New Territories villages that are working to keep alive their heritage and communal traditions. The South China Morning Post, together with the Home Affairs Department and indigenous villagers, has spent a year collecting suggestions from district officers, rural workers, businesspeople and friends. We visited more than 40 villages and identified seven finalists.


A Study on Historical and Architectural Context of Central Market -
Hong Kong book

Title: A Study on Historical and Architectural Context of Central Market

Author:

Publisher: The Hong Kong Institute of Architects

Isbn:

Year: 2005

Language: English

Rate: 7/7

Type: Society

Summary: This study presents the historical significance of Central Market with text and pictures. The old Central Market is facing a doom fate with a highly possible redevelopment.


Village life in Hong Kong - Politics, Gender, and Ritual in the New Territories - James L. Watson, Rubie S. Watson
Hong Kong book

Title: Village life in Hong Kong - Politics, Gender, and Ritual in the New Territories

Author: James L. Watson, Rubie S. Watson

Publisher: The Chinese University Press

Isbn: 962-996-118-0

Year: 2004

Language: English

Rate: 7/7

Type: Society

Summary: This book explores the cultural traditions of Cantonese villagers who first settled in South China's Pearl River Delta during the Tang and Song dynasties (10th to 12th centuries). The authors lives and worked in the New territories, Hong Kong's rural hinterland, during the 1960s and 1970s. Two villages, in particular, are featured in this book: San Tin and Ha Tsuen, homes (respectively) of the Man and Teng lineages. These are single-surname communities of the type that once dominated rural politics in South China. In the 60s and 70s, village life revolved around the performance of expensive and time-consuming rituals associated with birth, marriage, and ancestor worship. Geomancy (fengshui) was a universally accepted system of belief that linked the living to the dead. Men and women lived in separate social worlds that were closed to members of the opposite sex. The Watsons worked as a team and thus were able to document both sides of this gender divide. Many of the rituals and social activities described in this book are no longer performed in the New Territories, or in adjacent regions of Guangdong province. This book constitutes a unique ethnographic record of cultural system teetering on the threshold of this historic transition.


Our life in West Kowloon -
Hong Kong book

Title: Our life in West Kowloon

Author:

Publisher: Society for Community Organization

Isbn: 978-962-78932-8-8

Year: 2007

Language: English

Rate: 7/7

Type: Society

Summary: A rich culture coupled with touching stories frame the entire Sham Shui Po district. The exciting and diverse cultures, the fusion of modern and old buildings, the same sky shared by rich and poor alike, the co-existence of traditional old shops and modern arcades, all make you feel both dizzy and at a loss somehow. But this is about embracing, embracing different cultures and lifestyles. Let go of prejudice. Care and compassion make better beginnings.


No Sweat Canto-Love - Amy Leung
Hong Kong book

Title: No Sweat Canto-Love

Author: Amy Leung

Publisher: Asia 2000 Ltd

Isbn: 962-8783-51-3

Year: 2005

Language: English

Rate: 5/7

Type: Society

Summary: No Sweat Canto-Love simplifies some of the mysteries on the attraction between western men and Chinese women. She hopes that both western men and women can gain some benefits from the down-to-earth explanation of the Chinese women in Hong Kong, her cultural heritage, outlook in life, her notions on romance, relationships and expectations from some Chinese women life partners.


Thai Migrant Workers in Hong Kong - Kevin Hewison
Hong Kong book

Title: Thai Migrant Workers in Hong Kong

Author: Kevin Hewison

Publisher: City University of Hong Kong

Isbn:

Year: 2003

Language: English

Rate: 7/7

Type: Society

Summary: The study of migrant workers in Hong Kong has given attention to Filipinas. There has been just one published study of Thais in Hong Kong, despite the fact that they are a significant minority, and about half of them are domestic workers. This article presents the results of a survey of Thai workers, assessing a range of issues: scale of migration for work, remittances, roles and aspirations in Hong Kong, and perceptions of work. The survey indicated that the Thais interviewed were reasonably satisfied with their life in Hong Kong. While most are involved in "low status" activities, Thais appear to do better than Indonesian migrant workers in terms of the wages and conditions they achieve, and report less abuse. In broader terms, migrant labour is one option amongst many for working class Thais seeking better incomes but seldom achieving upward class mobility.


The Great Difference: Hong Kong's New Territories and Its People 1898-2004 - James Hayes
Hong Kong book

Title: The Great Difference: Hong Kong's New Territories and Its People 1898-2004

Author: James Hayes

Publisher: Hong Kong University Press

Isbn: 978-962-2097-94-0

Year: 2006

Language: English

Rate: 7/7

Type: Society

Summary: James Stewart Lockhart called it "the great difference". Returned from an inspection tour of the newly leased extension to Hong Kong territory in August 1898, Lockhart, a senior Hong Kong colonial official, had used this phrase to describe the gulf between the New Territories and its people and the existing British colony of Hong Kong and its inhabitants. In this volume, James Hayes argues that this "the great difference" led the colonial government to administer the New Territories and its people differently from the old urban area from the outset, resulting in repercussions that affect present-day Hong Kong. The study covers the whole period of the Lease, with all its crowded events and dramatic changes, as they affected the native inhabitants and their relationship with the government and, over time, the many times larger new urban population.


Social Life and Development in Hong Kong - Ambrose Y.C. King and Rance P.L. Lee
Hong Kong book

Title: Social Life and Development in Hong Kong

Author: Ambrose Y.C. King and Rance P.L. Lee

Publisher: The Chinese University Press

Isbn: 978-962-201-337-7

Year: 1981

Language: English

Rate: 5/7

Type: Society

Summary: The papers in this volume, prepared by social scientists with different specializations, address selected aspects of Hong Kong's post-War development. It includes an interesting chapter about official and unofficial Chinese temples in Kwun Tong.


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